Saarinen Designs Kennedy Airport’s TWA Terminal (Great Events from History II: Arts and Culture Series)
Article abstract: Expanding his nonrectilinear sculptured architectural experiments, Eero Saarinen designed an exciting interpretation of soaring spatial liberty.
Summary of Event
Eero Saarinen was commissioned in 1956 by Trans World Airlines (TWA), then one of the world’s leading air-passenger services, to design its prospective terminal at New York City’s Idlewild (later John F. Kennedy International) Airport. Eero was the son of Eliel Saarinen, a distinguished Finnish-American architect who, after winning second prize for a design of the Chicago Tribune building, had brought his family to the United States in 1923. The elder Saarinen enjoyed an influential teaching career at the University of Michigan as well as at the Cranbrook School of Art and won professional praise for the execution of a number of private commissions. Notable among these were the Cranbrook School for Boys in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; the Columbus, Indiana, Tabernacle Church of Christ; the Winnetka, Illinois, Crow Island School; the Fort Wayne, Indiana, A. C. Wermuth House, and, in collaboration with Eero, the Buffalo, New York, Kleinhans Music Hall. Both Eliel and his wife, Loja Gesellius, a gifted weaver, photographer, sculptor, and architectural modeler, had nurtured Eero’s talents and seen him through Yale University’s School of Architecture--and its Beaux-Arts tradition--to a place in Eliel’s architectural firm in 1935....
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